Tropical Storm Chris expected to become post-tropical Thursday

Pablo Tucker
July 14, 2018

Wednesday's 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Chris sustaining 100 miles per hour winds, only 5 miles per hour slower than early Wednesday morning.

Forecasters expected the storm to gain category one hurricane strength later Tuesday, and accelerate its northeast movement along a mid-latitude low dropping over eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S.

Rainfall and wind warnings also remained in effect, with gusts up to 110 km/h and up to 80 mm of rain possible for southeastern Newfoundland.

The storm was expected to strengthen through Wednesday and then lose force from Thursday, the center said.

Chris is about to become the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

Chris is expected to be a post-tropical storm by the time it arrives Thursday, slowly weakening as it moves toward the Avalon Peninsula. As the remnants drift northward toward the Bahamas over the coming days, the Hurricane Center gives them a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm. However, meteorologists do not expect it to make landfall in any part of U.S. Moving northeast and along, but not towards, the coast, the closest its projected path comes to land is Newfoundland, Canada. The center said people along the coast should continue to monitor the hurricane.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) with higher gusts".

Hurricane Hunters will fly over the weather system Wednesday for further assessment. Eye formation is typically an indication of winds reaching the minimum hurricane threshold at 74 miles per hour. This means rough surf and risky rip currents. Hurricane Chris is unlikely to strike land, though NHC forecasters say it will become a "powerful extratropical cyclone" on its way to Newfoundland, bringing unsafe conditions all the same.

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